ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 38th match, Group A

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 112 runs

19.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, around the off stump line, punched out to cover

19.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, quickish, just outside off, punched out to sweeper cover

19.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, stays round the stumps for Mahela as well, floats it around off, driven back to him

19.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, turns this to deep square-leg region for a single

19.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads, rolls away to short fine-leg

19.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated full around off, driven to long-off

Sri Lanka 75/2   NL McCullum 1-0-3-0

21.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend to cover

21.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to dab this to the off.

21.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump line, squirted to square-leg

21.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, from round the stumps, on the middle, turned to midwicket

21.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, works it to right of midwicket where Guptill makes a fine dive and they will get a single

21.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to work this through the on side for a single

Sri Lanka 81/2   NL McCullum 2-0-6-0

23.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 2 runs, The reverse sweep! He picked it from outside leg and swept it over backward point. A bit of top edge as well

23.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, Great catch or may be not What a stunner! Nathan mcCullum has gone flying! It stopped a touch on Mahela who ended up chipping his defensive shot well to the right of the bowler. Nathan took couple of steps to his right and flew. The ball was dying on him when he got his palms under it. Mahela is not convinced it was taken cleanly. The third ump has been called. He caught in between his forefinger and middle-finger i reckon. What an amazing effort. He ended up at short mid-on region! Third ump says it might have touched the ground. Oh dear. I am not sure it did. Nathan is upset, he has a talk with the umpire. Ross Taylor gets in as well. It's a cruel batsman's game; the benefit of doubt always goes to him.

23.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward to on drive to long-on

23.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked through the on side for a single

23.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to nudge this to the on side

23.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, FOUR, on the middle and leg, Mahela plays a sweep shot to pick up a boundary

Sri Lanka 93/2   NL McCullum 3-0-14-0

25.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, short in length just outside off, cut to left of backward point where Taylor makes a fine stop

25.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on a length on the middle and leg, lifted aerially but short of long-on

25.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, flatter, on the off, turned to midwicket

25.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly slower, shorter in length, cut to short third man

25.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, leans forward to ping long-on. 9000 ODI runs for Sanga. The fourth Sri Lankan to achieve it. Whaddaplayaa!

25.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length, pulled away for a single

Sri Lanka 104/2   NL McCullum 4-0-18-0

27.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend this to the leg side

27.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes down the track to drive to long-off

27.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward to scoop this over the bowler's head ... Franklin makes a neat sliding stop at the long-off boundary

27.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to push-drive this back down the track

27.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to drive and almost yorks himself; ends up stabbing it to the off

27.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, And again. This time he digs it out back to the bowler

Sri Lanka 112/2   NL McCullum 5-0-21-0

29.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, worked through midwicket

29.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to on drive to long-on for a single

29.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps it for a single

29.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, works this through the on side for a single

29.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward to drive to cover

29.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, Whack! He went down on his knee and slog swept this hard. Really hard.

Sri Lanka 124/2   NL McCullum 6-0-30-0

35.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, moves outside the leg stump and forces it to deep cover

35.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, quicker one outside off, Sanga stabs it in the air but short of backward point

35.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, taps this to square-leg for a single

35.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, full delivery from round the stumps, on driven to long-on

35.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, quickish delivery outside off, full in length but Sanga stays back to unfurl a peach of a cut shot. He waited on it and cut it really square.

35.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, pushed out to cover

Sri Lanka 162/2   NL McCullum 7-0-37-0

41.1

NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, works this past square-leg for a single

41.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the middle stump line, from round the stumps, punched to long-off

41.3

NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, on the middle and off, from round the stumps, worked past square-leg

41.4

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, OUT, Nathan can finally smile. He has picked a wicket. Full and straight, Sanga goes for the big slog sweep but makes no contact. Clatter! Sanga has ended the ton-drought and Sri Lanka would be so glad that the skipper is in great form just ahead of the knockouts

KC Sangakkara b NL McCullum 111 (186m 128b 12x4 2x6) SR: 86.71

41.5

NL McCullum to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to nudge it to midwicket

41.6

NL McCullum to Samaraweera, no run, on the middle, eased back to the bowler

Sri Lanka 210/4   NL McCullum 8-0-40-1

43.1

NL McCullum to Samaraweera, 2 runs, moves down the track, gets outside the leg stump and lifts it inside out over extra cover

43.2

NL McCullum to Samaraweera, 1 run, plays the square drive to pick up a single

43.3

NL McCullum to Mathews, no run, quickish delivery, Angelo was setting himself for the big hit and defends in the end f

43.4

NL McCullum to Mathews, 2 runs, flicks it past square-leg to pick up couple of runs

43.5

NL McCullum to Mathews, no run, goes down the track but mishits it to midwicket

43.6

NL McCullum to Mathews, no run, quickish delivery on the off, nudged to midwicket

Sri Lanka 219/4   NL McCullum 9-0-45-1

45.1

NL McCullum to Silva, 1 run

45.2

NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the middle, nudged to midwicket

45.3

NL McCullum to Silva, no run, low dipping full delivery,, hit back to the bowler

45.4

NL McCullum to Silva, OUT, Nathan nearly spills this one but gets it on the rebound. Silva scooped a tame return catch but Nathan doesn't take it cleanly but lunges to catch it on the rebound. And he sports a big smile!

LPC Silva c & b NL McCullum 3 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

45.5

NL McCullum to Kulasekara, no run, goes on with the arm from the leg and middle line, leading edge to the off

45.6

NL McCullum to Kulasekara, 1 run, dabs this to square-leg for a single

Sri Lanka 225/6   NL McCullum 10-0-48-2

Photos

Mar 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Nuwan Kulasekara walks back after dropping a catch

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Mar 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, March 18, 2011

Jacob Oram and Muttiah Muralitharan shake hands

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